Seven Positions — Washington, D.C.

Position: Research Analyst
Location: Finnegan, Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

The Washington DC office of Finnegan is seeking a Research Analyst to join our library services department. Under the direction of the Director of Research and Information Services, the Research Analyst will utilize knowledge of legal research, databases and library reference methods to conduct various types of research and document retrieval in a timely and cost-effective manner. This position will also participate in the firm’s educational initiatives by providing training, orientation and consultative services in addition to keeping abreast of trends in the legal industry to contribute to the advancement of the goals of the department and the firm.

Responsibilities include providing legal, business, scientific, technical and other reference documents upon request using both internal and outside sources; extensive legal, business, IP and general research assistance using print and electronic resources; recommending appropriate research services and/or resources in response to inquiries from firm personnel; initiating and monitoring alerts from various databases; providing client development research support, including background research and competitive intelligence on current or potential clients and markets; remaining current in research techniques and available resources relevant to providing high quality library and research services; coordinating and/or providing library resource and/or training to attorneys and staff and, other duties as needed.

Successful candidates must have a MLS degree and two or more years of research experience in a law firm, law library or corporate setting, demonstrated knowledge of legal and business databases such as Lexis/LexisAdvance, Westlaw, ProQuest Dialog, CourtLink, Hoover’s and Microsoft Office Suite, working knowledge of SharePoint, and strong data entry and word processing skills; knowledge of intellectual property databases is preferred.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to:

Robin Smith
Staff Recruiting Manager
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413
Fax: 202.408.4400
Resume@finnegan.com

Position: Senior Librarian
Location: LAC Group, Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Group is seeking an experienced Senior Librarian to lead a team of librarians and library technicians at an Information Center at a major Federal agency in Washington, DC. This is a full-time (40 hours a week; Monday to Friday) long-term opportunity. Work must be performed on-site.

Responsibilities:

  • The Senior Librarian will be responsible for implementing a long-term plan for a digital transition of the library to include: a teaching series, remote library searches, acquiring an information system that would include relevant borrowing rights and licenses for the client, database migration, and other tasks to be determined.
  • The Senior Librarian will be responsible for overseeing the coordination, development, and evaluation of information resources and training materials and programs.
  • The assignment includes short and long-range planning, coordination with Agency stakeholders and user community, collection management and development.
  • The Senior Librarian will be responsible for cultivating a high level of customer service at all times.

Qualifications:

  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited graduate program
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in managing information centers in a variety of settings (private, government, and academic preferred)
  • Knowledge of current digital information technologies
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of contemporary library and information management including working with commercial vendors, collection development, serials management, and cataloging.
  • A strong ability for time management, coordination, leadership, and decision making
  • Ability to accomplish results through professional level outreach
  • Experience with specialized databases, library instruction cultivation
  • Background in the management and use of electronic resources, databases, services, and applications including eBooks and social media.
  • In-depth knowledge of at least 2 of the following:
    • Digital librarianship
    • Digital literacy
    • Information technology
    • School Library media
    • Serials management
    • Cataloging
    • Reference services
    • Collection Development
    • Database migration
  • Knowledge of copyright laws and copyright restrictions
  • Knowledge of world and foreign affairs, international relations, geography, and history
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Position: Digital History Scholar and Academic Librarian
Location: The German Historical Institute (GHI), Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

The German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington DC is part of the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad. It fosters research in the fields of German, American, transatlantic, as well as global and transregional, history. The present profile-building research topics of the GHI Washington are the history of knowledge, migration history, and digital history. In its function mediating between scholars in Germany and North America, the GHI Washington has a broad international network of scholars.

The library of the German Historical Institute is a public infrastructure with about 50,000 volumes. It is a member of the Germany’s Common Library Network (GBV) and is currently staffed by a head librarian with a library science certificate (100%) and an assistant (75%). The collection’s specializations derive from the respective research emphases of the institute. The library has a hybrid nature. In the last several years, it has significantly increased its holdings in digital media and will continue to pursue this path as much as possible.

The research area of Digital History at the GHI operates at the intersection of various discplines, approaches, and target audiences. It establishes connections among historians who work with digital and traditional methods and supports projects intended primarily for professional historians in their research and instruction as well as online “Digital Public History” projects that aim to reach a broader audience. In addition to organizing an annual transatlantic conference on various aspects of Digital History, the GHI also co-convenes the regular Digital Cultural Heritage D.C. Meetup. The GHI cooperates closely with American research institutes and infrastructures. With a Digital History fellowship and internships, this research field at the GHI fosters intensive exchange among representatives of “Digital History” in Europe and North America.

The successful applicant will spend 30% of his or her working hours providing academic management for the GHI Library and 70% managing and further developing Digital History as a focus of the GHI’s research and scholarship program.

The academic management of the GHI Library includes responsibility for:

  • Conceptual and strategic development of the library (including expanding holdings, removing unneeded volumes and digital resources) in light of recent technological developments and user strategies.
  • Close cooperation with the director and other management personnel, with the research coordinator, and with all the scholarly personnel of the GHI.
  • Management of research data and the further development of strategies for Open Access or hybrid publications (in coordination with the editors of the institute), and potentially the development of a document server.
  • Ideas for the use of library spaces.
  • Selection of literature and licenses that should be acquired for the scholars at the institute in coordination with these scholars and with the Max Weber Foundation’s business office in Bonn.
  • Cooperation and networking with libraries in Germany, North America, and the institutes of the Max Weber Foundation.

The management and further development of Digital History as a focus of GHI research and scholarship includes especially:

  • Applying for and possibly managing grant-funded and institute research projects and cooperative networks.
  • Supporting scholars at the GHI Washington in carrying out long-term digital projects already in progress and in conceiving of and applying for new projects that have digital components.
  • Actively working with the working group for Digital Humanities of the Max Weber Foundation.
  • Responsible for coming up with ideas for the further development of the GHI’s digital research infrastructure for the inclusion, securing, and later use of research data, as well as for combining the digital offers of the GHI together with cooperating partners and other institutes of the Max Weber Foundation.
  • Representing the GHI Washington in national and international forums for Digital History/Digital Humanities and in alliances for digital research infrastructures in coordination with other members of the field of “Digital History.”
  • Conducting research as well as publishing and presenting at workshops and conferences, as well as developing ideas for conferences and events and carrying them out.

Required qualifications:

  • You have a college degree in a humanities field that does historical work, as well as at least a master’s degree in library and information science with proven emphases in the field of digital humanities, or you have successfully completed a study in digital humanities or information science with proven competence in a history-related field.
  • You are familiar with Open Access models and library policies and procedures, as well as the management of metadata and licenses.
  • You are familiar with standard data assignment (e.g., Integrated Authority Files) and incorporating them into the semantic web.
  • You have good knowledge of Digital Humanities tools and methods and are connected in the relevant scholarly networks.
  • You are motivated to support, further develop, and come up with new concepts for GHI digital research infrastructures and digital projects, in coordination with the management of the institute, its scholars, as well as the IT department.
  • You speak very good English and can communicate well in German.
  • You have intercultural competence and feel comfortable in a foreign institute.
  • You enjoy sharing your informational competence with others.
  • You are communicative and enjoy working on a team.
  • You possess a great deal of initiative and independence, you get actively involved, and you enjoy new challenges.

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in coming up with and carrying out projects, completing grant applications, and developing international cooperative projects with new partners.
  • Experience managing historical research data.
  • Experience working in a research institute or a research library.
  • Experience in the field of citizen science/scholarship.
  • Competence in applied computer science.

The successful candidate will initially be given a two-year contract, although an extension is possible.

The Max Weber Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. The Max Weber Foundation is a family-friendly employer committed to supporting a healthy work-life balance. For some information on living and working conditions for families in Washington, DC, please see https://www.ghi-dc.org/ghi-staff/opportunities-at-the-ghi/work-and-family.html?L=0.

The job location is Washington, DC. Applicants who fulfill the requirements for a deployment from Germany will be paid in accordance with TVöD E13 (Federal) in addition to the stipulated foreign allowances for covering the higher cost of living in Washington, including a rental subsidy. Applicants may be employed with a U.S. work contract only if they already possess a valid work and residence permit; in this case, they would be paid on the basis of the salary scale developed by the German embassy in Washington.

Please submit your application with the usual files (CV, list of publications, transcripts and/or diplomas) in one pdf-document with the subject line “Library Management/DH” by April 28th, 2019 to Director of the German Historical Institute Washington Prof. Dr. Simone Lässig c/o applications@ghi-dc.org German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009-2562 U.S.A.

Please send a second pdf-file with a cover letter including your contact information and a list of your most important qualifications for the position.

The interviews are scheduled for June 4th/5th, 2019, in Washington, DC. For questions on the salary or concerning work/life balance at an institute outside of Germany, please don’t hesitate to contact our administrative director, Anne Kadolph (kadolph@ghi-dc.org). For questions about the particulars of the advertised position, please contact Dr. Sarah Beringer (beringer@ghi-dc.org). Further information on the GHI, its mission, and its current research program is available at www.ghi-dc.org.

Position: Data Librarian
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $81,548 to $106,012 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Data Librarian for its Knowledge Services Group (KSG). The selectee will identify, acquire and curate data sets, manage data collections and facilitate the discovery of data sets used by CRS analysts, attorneys and information professionals. The selectee will also participate in the development of data repositories and work with stakeholders to identify and evaluate systems, tools and services used in data operations.

Responsibilities
The data librarian performs duties related to data acquisition, data curation and data management. This includes identifying and locating authoritative data sets used across CRS, recommending appropriate metadata schemas and workflows to describe, document, annotate and catalog data sets to enable discovery and re-use. The data librarian participates in the development of data repositories and data catalogs to store and archive data sets for long term access, and develops and maintains best practices and procedures.

The data librarian works with stakeholders to identify and extract data, assists and instructs staff on the use of tools to convert, transform, clean and prepare data for analysis. He/she supports staff in the use of statistical, quantitative analysis and/or data visualization tools. The data librarian coordinates the development and implementation of data projects that support the mission of CRS, and serves as a liaison for collaboration between the Knowledge Services Group and other CRS divisions/offices as well as service units and offices within the Library of Congress.

Data Librarian duties include:

Applies specialized knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data used in research and analysis, identifies and locates authoritative data sets used across CRS.

Works with stakeholders to identify and extract public/open data on a recurring basis using complex processes and automated tools where appropriate, and/or merge or compile data from multiple sources.

Plans, organizes, and/or coordinates the development and implementation of data projects of critical significance that support the mission of CRS and /or one or more of its divisions or offices.

Serves as a liaison for collaboration between the Knowledge Services Group, other CRS divisions and offices, and other Library of Congress service units and offices.

Candidates with a Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent degree or experience; knowledge of current and emerging practices of librarianship or other fields and disciplines related to data management are encouraged to apply.

About CRS:

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 382234.

The incumbent of this position may elect to work a flexitime or compflex work schedule.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Knowledge of data sources and data structures used in public policy analysis.**
  • Ability to locate, evaluate, acquire, and organize data sets.**
  • Ability to handle data and perform data operations.**
  • Ability to manage projects.
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Acquisitions/Government Documents Technician
Location: Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $41,369 to $66,191 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This is a full-time position with the Library of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Closing Date: Monday, 03/18/2019, 11:59 PM EDT

Responsibilities
The Acquisitions/Government Documents Technician performs a wide variety of tasks related to filing of loose-leaf materials, processing government documents, acquisitions, and general Technical Services and Special Collections Department support. These tasks include:

  • Filing loose-leaf services according to publishers’ written instructions;
  • Tracking missing or circulating volumes needed for supplementation;
  • Investigating and solving all filing problems including claims;
  • Receiving and claiming all government depository material;
  • Shelving government documents by Superintendent of Documents Classification System;
  • Assists with the digital conversion of acquisitions records;
  • Develops and updates metadata as required;
  • Distributing library material to Library staff, Chambers’ personnel and Court Offices’ personnel;
  • Assisting the Serials staff with locating materials for binding;
  • Generating statistics for the position’s task areas;
  • Retrieving Records and Briefs and transcripts of Oral Arguments;
  • Performing miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Meet Experience Requirements (see Qualifications)
  • Employment is subject to successful completion of a security background check.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See: www.sss.gov

Qualifications
Experience with loose-leaf supplementation and filing procedures is required. One to two years of library work experience is preferred. Familiarity with Superintendent of Documents Classification and Depository Library Systems is also required. Knowledge of Millennium or other automated library system is preferred. Experience with Microsoft office applications is preferred.

Education
Two or more years of college is required.

Position: Contract Specialist
Location: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
Applicants that previously applied under announcement # DE-10355591-19-EL, need to reapply under this vacancy in order to be considered for this position.

Responsibilities
This position is located in the IMLS, Office of Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). The incumbent is responsible for the full range of pre- and post-award contracting and acquisition processes. The incumbent directs acquisitions from clarifying description of requirements through analysis, negotiation, contract delivery and administration. The incumbent reports to the Contracting Officer in OCFO.

The incumbent is responsible for cradle-to-grave contract activities for actions typically under the commercial item threshold. Works collaboratively with IMLS staff to procure supplies and services that may require specialized provisions, terms and conditions, and advises technical personnel on the development of their requirements document. In conjunction with the program office, prepares solicitations with performance work statements, instructions for responding, and evaluation criteria. Duties to included, but not limited too:

  • Performs market research to determinate the availability of small businesses and existing government-wide contract vehicles, and whether to apply small business set-asides.
  • Formulates contracting approaches, and acquires supplies, services or construction through the use of both formally advertised simplified acquisition procurements and orders against existing multiple award schedules/government-wide acquisition contracts.
  • Administers contracts and/or plans and conducts contract price analysis of a variety of pre-award and/or post-award procurement actions.
  • Tracks and reports on the agency’s contracting portfolio through the Contract Management Report.
  • Issues requests for quotations, technical implementation of contracts/purchase orders, blanket purchase agreements, and monitors contractor performance.
  • Analyzes prices, discount rates, delivery dates, transportation charges, etc., and seeks negotiated discounts on purchases.
  • Performs new and recurring assignments using for commercial item procedures. User requirements may involve standardized specifications and use of established sources of supplies and services, or may require formal advertising to develop contracts or schedules for supplies and services not previously procured. Specialized services may include interior design and office relocation, conference planning and management, printing through GPO, publications procurement, survey instruments, research, etc.
  • Monitors fulfillment of goods and services following issuance of purchase order, contract, credit card purchase, and printing requisitions, including coordination of delivery dates to ensure that delivery of goods or performance of services meets terms and conditions of the contract.
  • Reviews supply and service requests from program offices for adequacy and completeness to determine that sufficient and proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included for preparation of solicitation documents.
  • Selects appropriate clauses from tables contained in the Federal Acquisition Regulation, as well as those which are used locally for special conditions.
  • Work with technical personnel to resolve questions concerning applicability of specifications, classification of terms, or acceptance of alternate items.
  • Reviews submitted quotations and makes award recommendations for proposed contracts, and determines cost effectiveness and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Performs contract administration, including performance evaluation, addresses contract delinquencies, responds to IMLS staff questions, contract termination, incremental funding, and close-out.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship Required.
  • This position requires a background investigation.
  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • This position may require completing a one-year probationary period.
  • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
    Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

Condition of Employment: Applicants must currently have a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting, Level I (or DAWA Level 1 equivalent). Certificate or equivalent must be attached to your application.

Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if OCR) including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1100/contracting-series-1102/

Position: Program Specialist
Location: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C.
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Office of Museum Services (OMS) and serves as the Program Specialist. The incumbent will participate in grants management work involving Federal grants and cooperative agreements and provide grants-related assistance and services to both applicants and awardees. The position works on various phases of the receipt and processing of museum grant applications as well as the monitoring and assessing of awardee performance.

Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, the position assists with the processing of grant applications and in grant administration; and provides significant program support to the Grant Management Team. Assists with incoming applications including reviewing for eligibility and completeness, budget review and analysis, and associated application contacts. Utilizes grants management database, entering data and creating reports as may be required. Assists with review process, including mailings, reviewer support activities, preparation for panel meetings, and other elements of the review and award process. Reviews interim and final performance reports. Prepares letters and associated documents supporting change requests and extensions for approval. Supports the work of the Office of Museum Services through cooperation with others to manage variable workloads and assistance with a variety of tasks including general clerical support. Participates in staff meetings and special committees and task forces and assists with planning for the implementation of program changes and improvements in agency operation. Performs a variety of office automation duties which require knowledge of various types of equipment and software. Updates and maintains databases, spreadsheets, and other reports and documents in support of application and grant management activities. Prepares a wide variety of recurrent and nonrecurring correspondence, reports, and other documents. Reviews and processes incoming and outgoing correspondence, materials, and publications. Provides information to applicants and awardees regarding grant programs and processes. Assists with panel meetings and director’s meetings, including preparation of support materials and note taking. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship Required.
  • This position requires a background investigation.
  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • This position may require completing a one-year probationary period.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

Qualifications
For the GS-11 level: To be qualified for this position, you must be able to state and verify that you have experience that demonstrates your ability to perform the work at the GS-11 level or equivalent pay band in the Federal service. One must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience to at least the GS-9 level or equivalent that involves principles and practices of the museum field and/or the cultural sector.

OR

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

OR

Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in museum studies.
FACTOR: MANDATORY SELECTIVE FACTOR – KNOWLEDGE OF THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES of the museum field and/or the cultural sector, INCLUDING THE ROLES, PURPOSE, AND VALUE OF MUSEUMS WITHIN COMMUNITIES; THE ROLES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND FUNCTIONS OF STAFF WITHIN MUSEUMS; AND THE TYPICAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN A MUSEUM SUCH AS COLLECTIONS STEWARDSHIP (E.G., CARE, MANAGEMENT, ACCESS) AND PROGRAMMING (E.G., SCHOOL PROGRAMS, EXHIBITIONS, PUBLIC PROGRAMS).

Carefully read the following descriptions of experience. This position requires that candidates demonstrate work experience involving knowledge of the principles and practices of the museum field and/or the cultural sector. Examples of such experience would include:

(1) Understanding of the roles, purpose, and value of museums within communities;
(2) Experience with the roles, responsibilities, and functions of the staff within museums; and
(3) Experience undertaking activities within a museum or cultural organization such as collections stewardship (e.g., care, management, access) and/or programming (e.g., school programs, exhibitions, public programs).

Make sure your resume supports the mandatory selective factor and describes your qualifications and experience for the position. Failure to show evidence of this experience will result in disqualification.